FREE Native Seed Handout

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  November 2 – 6
Central Platte NRD, 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island

Tall grass prairies and wildflowers are very important for Nebraska’s wildlife, and planting them is a fun way for people of all ages to learn about native prairies while also increasing native wildlife. Central Platte NRD aims to help people do just that with this year’s Native Prairie seed handout. From November 2nd – 6th, you may pick up a free bag of native prairie seed at the NRD office.

There are two types of seed to choose from: Tall Grass Prairie mix or Wildflower/Pollinator mix. The bag of seed provided will cover a 20 ft x 20 ft plot (400 square feet).
*Tall Grass Prairie mix: Ideal for deer and pheasants.
*Wildflower/Pollinator mix:  Attracts butterflies and helps honeybees survive.

Show Off Your Planted Prairie!

Native grassland and pollinator habitat conservation is vital to agriculture and to Nebraska wildlife. If you’re one of the thousands of folks who have visited the Natural Resources building at Husker Harvest Days, you may have picked up a packet of the Native Prairie or Pollinators seed from the NRDs. If you received and planted some of our native prairie or pollinator seed, or if you have another prairie area you’d like to show off, upload your photos!

Central Platte NRD has created a special website to upload pictures of your planting for this project. Simply click on the map, insert a pin, upload your prairie photo…and show your stuff!  GO TO WEBSITE  The website also allows you to place a “pin” on the map to show where you have grown your native prairie or pollinator habitat. It would be amazing if we can fill up the state with “pins” and pictures showing the extent of everyone’s efforts.

In 2008, CPNRD began conducting the Native Prairie Outreach Project at Husker Harvest days, distributing native prairie seed packets and educational materials to approximately 1,500 people annually including approximately 300 packets of seed totaling 11 acres worth of restored prairie are handed out. Visitors to the booth are also given information on native plant propagation and patch-burn grazing systems.  The event is sponsored by CPNRD, other NRDs, with assistance from the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts.  If you have any questions about the native seed project or the website call  David Carr at (308) 385 -6282 or email carr@cpnrd.org.

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Grassland Conservation

Young eastern red cedar trees dot a hillside near Silver Creek, Nebraska. The fast-growing trees suck up sunlight and groundwater at the expense of other plant life. NATI HARNIK, Associated Press

Grasslands are susceptible to damage and degradation since native grasses cannot compete with many of the introduced pasture grasses, aggressive weed species, livestock over-grazing, irrigation and forest encroachment.  There is a growing consensus that parks and other protected areas do not sufficiently address the growing problems of habitat loss and species sustainability.

CPNRD is dedicated to the cultivation and conservation of the grasslands of our state. We are working to manage rangelands, restore grasslands, build a better understanding of our environment; while providing methods and tools to better care for it as we pursue a goal of vibrant and life-sustaining grasslands in Nebraska. One way to provide these tools is through the Grassland Conservation Program.


HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS    Flyer 

The program allows landowners to contribute 50% of what they request as a match or in-kind contribution to better the land.  Up to 50% of reimbursement can be provided as a match or in-kind contribution.  Matching contributions are monetary contributions such as invoices paid for cedar cutting, fencing etc.  In-kind are non-monetary items of contribution toward the project such as labor, mileage, supplies etc.  CPNRD will accept other calculations if they are based on factual cost estimates.  It is required that the landowners complete the Grassland Conservation Grant In-Kind Contribution Form for reimbursement from the CPNRD.

Note: Costs that are claimed as matching may not be reimbursed through other cost-share programs.  For example, if you show the cost of prescribed burning as your match, you cannot be paid to burn by NRCS for that same project, unless the cost to burn exceeds the NRCS cost share.  In that case, you may claim the additional expense as the match on the landowner match form.

Your CPNRD Contacts:  David Carr  |  Kelly Cole

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Noxious Weeds in CPNRD/ Best Months to Treat

Below are noxious weeds that commonly emerge in April within the Central Platte NRD, counties that saw infestations in 2018, and treatment recommendations.

Musk Thistle   Commonly Found: Disturbed areas, pastures
Infestations: Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, Frontier, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Platte
Treatment Period: Fall, then following May with mowing in early July to set back any regrowth
Repeated Treatments Needed: Yes, check treated area the following year for regrowth.

 

 

 

Canada Thistle  Commonly Found: Disturbed areas, pastures
Infestations: Buffalo, Dawson, Hall, Platte Treatment Period: May & June or October
Repeated Treatments Needed: Yes, particularly in areas with heavy vegetative reproduction.

 

 

 

Leafy Spurge  Commonly Found: Disturbed areas, pastures
Infestations: Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, Frontier, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Platte
Treatment Period: June/July flowering stage or October/November before first killing frost
Repeated Treatments Needed: Possibly, check treated area the following year for regrowth.

 

 

 

Purple Loosestrife  Commonly Found: Wetlands, lowlands, river banks
Infestations: Along Platte River and close tributaries throughout District
Treatment Period: June/July flowering stage or October/November before first killing frost
Repeated Treatments: Possibly, check treated areas the following year for regrowth.

 

 

 

Saltcedar  Commonly Found: Wetlands, lowlands, river banks, dry channels & islands
Infestations: Along Platte River in Dawson County Treatment Period: June through October
Repeated Treatments: Yes, check treated areas for regrowth/new sprouts the following year.

 

 

 

Phragmites  Commonly Found: Wetlands, river banks, dry channels & islands
Infestations: Along Platte River and close tributaries throughout District
Treatment Period: May/June when 2-3 feet or September/October before first killing frost
Repeated Treatments: Yes, check treated areas for regrowth/new sprouts the following year.